Newcastle United lost on Saturday.
Fulham were the better team, outplayed Newcastle, deserved to win, we move on.
However, for some they want to give the game far more attention than is necessary.
Yes any defeat is disappointing but you can’t take it in isolation.
You have to look at the results overall and of course other factors such as the quality of the opposition.
People look at the table and because it isn’t Brighton or Huddersfield, they think it should automatically be a win – especially at home.
Fulham arrived at St James Park as the form team in the division, full of confidence and playing good football – fourth placed Leeds had just been battered by them and got away with a lucky draw, Fulham having had 76% possession!
Newcastle United are a good team but any dip in performance to a team playing well, can leave us vulnerable.
However, losing the first Championship match in 10 weeks (68 days since defeat at Blackburn) doesn’t equal a crisis.
At this level, Newcastle have been excellent overall since some nervy performances around Christmas time.
Yes we haven’t won every match but over the course of a season that is just the way that it is.
The last 12 games have seen one defeat, not a case of one win in 12!
Seven wins four defeats and one loss, the wins including victories at Brighton, Huddersfield, Brentford and Wolves.
Newcastle have scored 22 goals in those 12 matches and scored in every game, apart from the goalless draw at Reading.
Brentford 1 Newcastle 2 (14 January)
Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0 (21 January)
Newcastle 2 QPR 2 (1 February)
Newcastle 1 Derby 0 (4 February)
Wolves 0 Newcastle 1 (11 February)
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2 (14 February)
Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0 (20 February)
Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2 (25 February)
Brighton 1 Newcastle 2 (28 February)
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3 (4 March)
Reading 0 Newcastle 0 (7 March)
Newcastle 1 Fulham 3 (11 March)
Keep Calm and Carry on!
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